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Marketing 2 Point 0 Recognized As Top 19 For Digital Marketing In OKC

Marketing 2 Point 0 Mentioned Online By Expertise

Wouldn’t it be great if you needed help finding a company (such as small business internet marketing) to help you and there were a database available of the top ranked companies in that field? It does exist! In fact, a company called Expertise finds every business that provides service in a city and uses special filters to narrow down to the top ranking businesses of each category and location.

Expertise recently used their fancy software to look at 147 digital marketing agencies within the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area and within the list they chose the top 19 companies. Marketing 2 Point 0, Inc. ranked in the top 19 for our services which have helped many small businesses with internet marketing.

Expertise’s website states that their “goal is to connect people with the best local experts.” To determine which companies deserved to be in the top ranking category, Expertise officials utilized 25 variables across five categories. The 5 selection criteria included:

  • Reputation
  • Credibility
  • Experience
  • Availability
  • Professionalism

We are so honored to be thought of in each of these 5 categories as these are the very same principles we strive to make our own clients be noticed for! We provide small business internet marketing through several means including, but not limited to: search engine optimization, reputation management, local search optimization, social network marketing, internet advertisement, and mobile marketing. As we do this work we are always working towards the goal of helping each of our small business clients grow and be a better business to their clients.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to have helped so many of our customers grow and succeed to the point of our efforts being recognized in an online article (click here to be taken to the published article). We look forward to providing many more years of service with a genuine passion for helping others find success!

If you’re in need of Marketing 2 Point 0, Inc. services, feel free to give us a call at 405-757-4540.

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Rob Stone Spoke About SEO At OU Web Communications Seminar

M2P0 Internet Marketing President Sharing SEO Facts

Back in January, Rob Stone was asked to speak on behalf of Marketing 2 Point 0, Inc. at a meeting hosted by Public Relations Society of America. That entire discussion centered around how to make sure that a business is relevant online in 2017. At that meeting a few members of OU’s web communications department asked Rob to come out and speak on campus.

It was on March 29,2017 that Rob unleashed some important facts and tips about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to the group of attendees. After some conversation we thought, perhaps, a lot of people may need help with their own websites, too. So, today we’re reflecting on the meeting (click here to read the OU article) and pointing out the following tips:

  • Relevancy starts with the content you write which should be geared toward your audience. Utilize vocabulary that can be easily understood by your target market while incorporating keywords for SEO purposes.
  • The articles/blogs should be at least 300 words, but not too much more than that with the inclusion of header tags.
  • The words written must be relevant! Do not just write nonsense to fill a page.
  • Utilize Flesch Reading Ease.
  • Choose your key phrase or phrases before writing the content (Google Keyword tool is helpful).
  • Use the key phrase in the first paragraph.
  • Use header tags.
  • Make sure key phrase is in the page title, URL, and Header tags.
  • Have clear visuals, audio or video when possible,  use links whenever necessary to credit outside resources.
  • All images need alt text and image titles that are SEO optimized.
  • Reduce all images to 72 DPI to increase page load speeds.
  • Website Encryption will be the new standard soon.
  • Design with function in mind first, not creativity.
  • Leverage Google’s featured content areas. (Local, News, Shopping, Videos, etc.)
  • Use Citation Flow and Trust Flow for link building.
  • When starting a new site look for an aged domain if possible.
  • Use Mobile friendly/ Responsive web design.
  • Use Google Webmaster Tools to Submit your site map.
  • Use Google Webmaster Tools to identify and correct crawl errors. Use 301 redirects as needed.
  • Integrate the website with your social media as often as possible. Consistent social activity and engagement is a factor.
  • Create new content on a consistent basis. Stay ahead of the competition with volume.
  • Don’t copy and paste content from other websites. Keep it 100% original.
  • Keep the codebase of the website up to date.
  • Setup a profile on https://en.gravatar.com/ and use it when creating articles.

Keeping up with everything connected to SEO can be too much for some small business owners to handle on their own. That’s where we come in! If you’re more of a visual learner and you’d like to know more, feel free to watch the seminar video.

If you’d like to speak with a representative of Marketing 2 Point 0, Inc. give us a call @ 405-757-4540. We’d be happy to schedule a time to talk with you about your website and marketing efforts.

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Internet Marketing: Using Clickbait Versus Piquing Genuine Interest

Does Your Social Media Internet Marketing Draw Customers In?

Anyone who regularly checks in on social media will tell you that when an important event occurs, just about everyone “reports” it. In fact, according to data collected from 2016, the Pew Research Center tells us that about 62% of adults in the United States get their news from social media! As social media becomes increasingly more of a go-to place for information of all kinds one thing that really has started to turn consumers off is clickbaiting. So, ask yourself does your internet marketing consist of posting headlines that will genuinely pique the interest of potential customers or are you posting clickbait?

If you’re not certain whether your internet marketing content on your social media pages is considered clickbait material or genuine material, we’ll help you to understand the difference, today.

Clickbait:

For journalists, writing clever headlines to grab the attention of readers used to be a true skill. These days any entity on social media can be considered a source of “news”, helpful information, or important data. Headlines are being used on social media to lure people into clicking on the proposed article, but if the content that follows isn’t what the headline makes it out to be then that is considered clickbait.

As a small business owner the last thing you want to do is “trick” your followers or potential customers by providing sensationalized or misleading headlines just for the sole purpose of getting more users to your website. Your internet marketing efforts aren’t worth the risk of diminishing your reputation. If you continue posting misleading material your followers will soon stop following you!

Genuine Interest:

You can still utilize psychological techniques to pique the curiosity of your readers. Increasing the “click” rate on an internet marketing social media post can be as simple as being less detailed in your headline. Here are a few example headlines:

  • Most customers have no idea this is true…
  • You’re not going to believe this…
  • This information could save you money…

The lines above are examples of drawing your customer in, but this only works if you attach those headlines to real data you’ve found to back up what you’re claiming is interesting. See the difference between clickbait and provoking genuine interest?

We hope so! Good luck with your social media posts!

If you have questions for our small business internet marketing team, we can be reached by clicking here!

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The Importance Of Ongoing Internet Marketing

Why Small Business Internet Marketing Requires Upkeep

Whether you’re paying an internet marketing company to get your name ranked high on the front page of Google search results or you’re doing all the hard work yourself, you may find yourself wondering what happens if you stop. The fact is that doing things the “white hat way” and following all the rules means that it will, generally, take about 3-6 months before you start seeing your company name rise in rank so how long do you think it will take for you to drop off if you suddenly stopped small business internet marketing?

The truth is that it depends on how often Google crawls your site and reindexes the updates you’ve made to the website or lack thereof. The important thing to note is that Google can crawl and index information almost instantaneously in some instances. With that being said some small business internet marketing customers have noticed a drop off within a few days, or even weeks of their website going stale when they decided to stop putting effort into their marketing. One recent example of a marketing customer stopped services and slipped from page one to page two of Google within one week.

Why does the drop off happen so fast?

Think about all the small businesses you have for competition out in your region or even in the nation. If they are fighting for the same number one slot on Google results for <enter your company type here> and you suddenly stop fighting for your spot, then not only do all your past efforts go down the drain, so to speak, but in this scenario your competition gets a leg up in the race.

We know that small business internet marketing takes a lot of time to upkeep, but if you’re doing it we strongly urge you to stick with it. If you’ve been handling all of your internet marketing by yourself, but you can no longer handle those duties along with those of running your business operations, please feel free to contact our marketing team.

We can be reached by clicking here. Our team would love to help you maintain or reach the ranking on Google that you deserve!

Board Member Re-election 2017

Voting On The 2017 Bond For Edmond School District

Utilizing Your Right And Privilege To Vote

Many would agree that voting on important issues is simultaneously a right and a privilege. If you’re eligible to vote you should do so as it honors those who have put their lives on the line to protect that right to vote. Here, we’re not even talking about something as grand as the presidential election. Today, we want to shed light on the proposed Edmond Public School Bond Issue for 2017.

Why is so important to have your vote on this matter?

Four years ago an educational bond was voted upon and it passed. The law states that for this new bond issue to pass, the Edmond Public School district administrators and school board members would need at least 60% of the voters from the last educational bond issue to vote on this one. This is in an effort to have the majority vote and participate.

Why is a bond necessary? 

Edmond Public Schools continues to grow by approximately 500 students each year. They must continue to add new facilities as well as maintain the existing ones to meet the demands of this rapid growth.

What does the bond propose? 

Voting “yes” on this bond would help Edmond Public Schools to plan for current and future needs. A significant portion of the bond money would be used to complete the process of having storm shelters on every campus. Edmond’s unique approach includes building the spaces schools need (classrooms, gymnasiums, media centers or band rooms) and constructing those spaces to serve a dual purpose as a shelter. More specifically, every school in the district would benefit either by receiving new educational materials, building upgrades and additions, or safety and technology improvements.

Also, it’s important to note that it is anticipated that the 2017 bond issue will maintain a stable tax rate for Edmond Schools.

A lot of people may wonder about whether this bond money can be utilized to boost teacher salaries, but unfortunately, state law prohibits school districts from using bond funds for salaries.

Why are there two separate bond proposals, one for projects and one for transportation?

State law requires that the purchase of transportation equipment be listed as a separate bond proposition.

What other matters can be voted on for the February 14th, 2017 bond election?

You may also choose to vote for the re-election of Rob Stone as a Francis Tuttle board member, representing Zone 2 of the district. His role as board member started in October, 2016 as he finished out the position originally appointed to the now retired, Buddy Sanford. He has already brought his technological and business expertise to light on many board member issues.

Now, he is up for re-election and if he is appointed again he seeks to continue contributing to the educational realm utilizing his experience with technology, business, and passion for education. While Mr. Stone has been a member of the Edmond Chamber of Commerce and has campaigned for votes, he’d love to have your vote, too!

All registered voters who live within Edmond Public School district boundaries qualify to vote, including those residents who live outside the city limits of Edmond. Individuals should vote at their regular precincts. Please take the time to exercise your right and privilege to vote!

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The Importance Of Local Directories For Small Business Internet Marketing

Small Business Internet Marketing: Getting You Found

Perhaps, the only thing you think about in terms of your small business internet marketing campaign is getting your name to be as close to the top of the Google search results as possible, but if you’re not making use of local directories then you’re harming your chances of this happening. Many may wonder what being on Citysearch, MerchantCircle, or Insider Pages has to do with ranking higher and being found. We’re here to explain a bit more about why these local directories and many more are very important.

Small business internet marketing is very involved. One of the best things you could spend money on is getting your name on as many local directories as possible with the correct data. Google is the like the head honcho, but they do pull information from all over the internet, including other directories, to prove relevancy and accuracy with the companies they allow to be at the top of search results. The more internet saturation you have for your small business, the more likely it is that you’ll be found due to higher ranking.

The cons to managing these local directory listing yourself is that the data can often be changed from what you originally intended. In fact, records indicate that data is able to be changed on many directory sites by the common user. Furthermore, it is reported that these random changes can occur, on average, once every 6 days. Obviously, having the correct information about your small business going out to the public is pretty important.

The good news is that our small business internet marketing team has tools to help you get listed quickly in the top directories. The benefit to having someone, like our marketing team, manage all of these local directory listings for your small business is that we can control the data to make certain that it shows up how it is supposed to.

In addition to being listed appropriately with our methods, we can also make use of these local listings to help you get your customer reviews sent out to the various directory locations. Having reviews is just as important as being listed. A lack of reviews will only prove to Google your irrelevance even more, thus; you want to have reviews spread out across the internet for Google to see.

These reasons alone are pretty compelling as to why you should want to take advantage of being listed on local directories. If you’d like to know more about this, have other questions, or just want to contact our small business internet marketing team, please feel free to give us a call @ 405-757-4540.

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Learning To Be Digitally Relevant In 2017

Diving Into Search Engine Optimization

How does a business know if they are relevant online these days? They may find themselves scrambling to learn the answer while trying to constantly adjust to the continuous growth of technology. Here, at Marketing 2 Point 0, Inc. we don’t just want to tell people whether they are relevant or not, we want to educate others about what that means. Search engine optimization is a great first starting point and that’s precisely the topic of discussion for Rob Stone, CEO and president of Marketing 2 Point 0, Inc., at tomorrow’s meeting hosted by the Public Relations Society of America.

This meeting is open to those in the Metro OKC area with ticket prices being listed here. Normally, Marketing 2 Point 0, Inc. will help any business from all over the nation, but this is a unique opportunity for local businesses.

During this meeting, Rob will provide an overview of where search engine optimization (also known as SEO) will be in 2017 and the tried and true techniques for social relevancy in the coming year. Furthermore, Rob plans to speak about the ins and outs of SEO and how each business can utilize this tool.

Keeping up-to-date on everything connected to SEO, analytics, and social media can be overwhelming at times with the never-ending changes being introduced. Whether your role has always dealt with digital efforts or your role has grown to include managing digital efforts for your organization, this is a can’t miss meeting.

If you’re a local company looking to learn a little more about digital relevancy in 2017, consider attending this meeting. It will be held January 18th, 2017 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the UCO Boathouse. You may click here for directions.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, but you’re still interested in learning more about expanding your digital marketing efforts in 2017, feel free to give Marketing 2 Point 0, Inc. a call @ 405-757-4540. We’d be happy to schedule a time to talk with you about your website and marketing efforts.

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When Should You Update Your Small Business’ Website?

Updating Your Small Business’ Website: Are There Rules?

Website design, like all other forms of technology, are seemingly always evolving. If your small business’ website has been the same since the 1990’s, or even the early 2000’s, then it’s probably stuck in cyberspace and not being found by many people. Those that do happen to stumble upon it most likely click the back button faster than they can blink. So, when should you think about updating your small business’ website?

Well, the truth is that you’re way past the expiration date on updating if you haven’t done so since the early 2000’s or before. Let’s go out a limb here and imagine that you’ve updated within the last 2-5 years. Sadly, this may mean that you’re still behind on the design trends, because things in the world of technology change quickly.

As your small business’ website should be focused on the user experience, keep in mind that certain design pieces do make a difference. Here are some of the best things that are still pretty popular:

  • High definition images
  • Hover images
  • Parallax scrolling
  • Infinite scrolling (also referred to as the never-ending scroll)
  • Background videos and animations

When used properly all of these elements have the ability to enhance a page’s content, but if you’re thinking of utilizing these to build up your small business internet marketing campaign just be careful not to overload the background and cause a distraction from your brand’s true message. Tasteful design displays do matter to how your website comes across to viewers.

Some will tell you there are no rules when it comes to deciding when to re-design or completely rebuild your small business’ website, but we’d say that due to the ever changing website design trends that a good rule of thumb is to check back every 2 years to see if things are still on the up and up.

We’d be happy to help you with your website and small business internet marketing. If your website is old school and you need some help bringing it up to speed, don’t hesitate to give Marketing 2 Point 0, Inc. a call @ 405-757-4540.

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3 Times When Firing Clients Is Right

Reasonable Reasons For Firing Clients

When you’re making your way in the business world initially it may be your objective to make every customer happy. Let’s strip it down to the truth, now. You are NEVER going to make every customer happy, because as you will discover, some people are just impossible to please. This is something our marketing for small business team has learned with time. With the risk of seeming abrasive by saying this we’ll just go out on a limb and say it anyway; the customer isn’t always right. Now, we’re not saying to go around waving your “magic firing stick wand” every time a customer makes you mad, but there are times when it may be right to fire your clients.

Here are some times when it would be appropriate to cut ties with those that you’ve tried hard to work with:

1.) Their Values Don’t Match Yours: For example, we believe in giving more in value than we take in payment, but not everyone thinks or feels this same way. That’s perfectly fine, but if we don’t face the same direction as our clients we let them know right away that we aren’t a good fit for them.

2.) They’re Unreasonably Demanding: If you set out a written agreement and everything is signed and stamped then the plan should go forth as set (unless both parties agree to the same changes). If the client begins demanding business ideas, changes not previously discussed, and attempting to contact you at all hours of the evening then this is a suitable reason to drop the client.

3.) They’re Never On Time: If your client is terrible at keeping up your appointments without any reasonable explanations this is a red flag! This also goes for never being on time with payments, one-on-one meetings, and conference calls.

Nitpicking clients are one thing, but clients who are rude and unwilling to play by the rules is another ball game. If you’re suffering with a bad client relationship don’t be afraid to let them know that after consulting with them you’ve come to realize that you can’t be of any further help to them.

Need other advice for your small business? Our internet marketing team would love to talk to you about your business needs and help you grow. Give us a call @ 405-757-4540.

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Charles Haskell STEM And Teacher Appreciation Assemblies

Recognizing Greatness Through STEM

After the first taste of giving back to a community school (read about that here) Rob Stone, the CEO of Marketing 2 Point 0, Inc., couldn’t wait to get back out there and recognize some more great teachers! This time Rob’s adventures with Mad Science STEM assemblies took him to Charles Haskell Elementary school where his two eldest children attend.

On November 21st, 2016, Derick Brock deemed “Professor Mad” put on two STEM assemblies focused on “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math” principles. Professor Mad used thrilling science experiments and verbiage that the children could easily grasp. As with the previous STEM assemblies, the idea behind every experiment was to encourage children to dream big, see science as a fun adventure, and even be intrigued enough to want to pursue STEM related careers in their future.

Professor Mad stuck to the routine calling up children from each grade level to participate on stage with several science experiments. When he got to the end of the first assembly he called up Rob’s daughter to the stage to participate in the final experiment.

When the experiment came to and end he announced the twist in the plan which was that Marketing 2 Point 0, Inc. had organized this whole shindig to reward the children with an educational assembly, but also to recognize a 1st grade teacher, Kendra Bigelow for her hard work with a $50 gift card to Amazon and Certificate Of Appreciation. She wasn’t actually able to be present, therefore; the school’s principal accepted the reward on Bigelow’s behalf.

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The second assembly followed the same pattern except Professor Mad called up Rob’s son to participate in the last experiment.

Directly following the experiment Andrea Wilhelm (4th grade teacher) was called up to receive her $50 gift to Amazon and a Certificate Of Appreciation from Rob Stone on behalf of Marketing 2 Point 0, Inc.

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Finally, to give everyone the opportunity to practice their very own science experiments, as a parting gift, Rob Stone gave the school a big book of science experiments to keep in the school library!